BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The women’s soccer team got a big win to go with their candy this Halloween, as Birmingham-Southern (8-6-2) defeated the Sewanee (8-5-1) Tigers 3-1 at BSC Soccer Park.
The Tigers got things started, appropriately for the day, in the 13th-minute when Audrey Jernigan broke away from the defense and placed the ball just past Ruth Hanks to give Sewanee the early lead. It would be their only lead of the game.
The Panthers answered in the 38th-minute when Lydia Rice connected from Erin Carter for the tying goal. The match was evenly paced, with both teams controlling the ball well, but both defenses held through much of the half. BSC took the lead during a bang-bang play in front of the Tiger goal. Claire Hooten was able to place the ball into Alicia Plotky for the go-ahead goal in the 43rd-minute. Southern took the one-goal lead into the intermission.
The second half saw the same back-and-forth play that marked much of the game, with neither team able to break the deadlock. Birmingham-Southern got an insurance goal in the 73rd-minute to put the game out of reach, when Emmy Hollis took advantage of the set-up from Alicia Plotky, giving the final score of 3-1 Panthers.
“It was good for us to rebound like this coming off the losses last weekend,” said Coach Walton, “I am really pleased with the 90 minute effort we got tonight.” The Panthers will return to the pitch Sunday afternoon for the final home game of the 2008 season when they host the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels, game time is set for 2:00 following the men’s game at noon.